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Carney launches unprecedented Wilmington mayoral campaign

Jacob OwensGovernment, Headlines

This story was originally published on Spotlight Delaware.  Gov. John Carney filed Monday to run in the September Democratic primary, but instead of seeking federal office like some of his predecessors, he’s running to be mayor of his hometown, Wilmington. With Mayor Michael Purzycki declining to run for re-election after two terms, citing a desire to spend more time with family …

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Hearing: Nothing but love for affordable housing bills

Peter OsborneGovernment, Headlines

The words “love fest” and “legislative hearing” rarely appear together, but that was the tone  during a Delaware Senate Housing & Land Use committee hearing this week on a five-bill affordable housing package submitted by Sen. Russell Huxtable (D-Lewes). Sen. Marie Pinkney, D-Bear, even said she’s never seen such minimal opposition to legislation like the housing package. It was promoted …

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Hearing on housing, homeless leads to promise of attention

Betsy PriceGovernment, Headlines

A joint legislative hearing held by Delaware Senate and Housing committees Wednesday started picking threads out of the tangled wad of factors affecting affordable housing and homelessness in Delaware. The convening of the joint session was clearly a shot across the bow of the state political ship and a forerunner to more state, local and community action on the topics. …

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2022 Rewind: Affordable housing crisis affects middle class, too

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

This story was originally published in April 2022. Evidence continues to pile up that Delaware is struggling to provide affordable housing: Data released in April by Housing Alliance Delaware says the state faces a shortage of more than 18,000 affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income renters.  Also this April, Delaware State Housing Authority announced that eligible Delaware renters …

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New Castle County urged to increase, expand impact fees

Ken MammarellaGovernment, Headlines

New Castle County on Monday was given a draft plan by consultants to expand — and increase — the impact fees charged for development. The county adopted such fees in 1999 to “finance new or expanded infrastructure and service needs for development.” And they have not changed much since. The county’s consultants recommended adding fees to encourage low-income housing and …

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Could these new homes break the cycle of poverty?

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Shortly after single mother of two Alison Mendez moved into northeast Wilmington’s Riverside neighborhood five years ago, there was a shooting right behind her home. “It scared me and my kids,” Mendez said. “But today, it’s changed.” She spoke before a crowd of some 300 community members, among them leaders in government, business, nonprofit, and philanthropy. They gathered in Riverside …

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If you’re looking for a rental home, you already know this

Charles MegginsonBusiness, Headlines

Delaware’s rental vacancy rate has fallen to the third lowest in the country, according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau data.  The vacancy rate indicates the percentage of year-round rental units that are unoccupied at the end of each quarter.  According to the Census Bureau, only 2.6% of Delaware’s year-round rental units were vacant at the end of June.  Only …

TSD Review July 14

Town Square LIVE Weekly Review – July 14, 2022

Sonja FreyTown Square Live, Weekly Review

Click on the image below to view the PDF This Week’s Top Headlines Include: COMMUNITY Interest intense on reconfiguration of Foulk Road Trolley Square project turns utility boxes into art ‘Tempest’ marks Delaware Shakespeare return to Rockwood Firefly releases daily lineup, one-day passes available Friday Rehoboth to host lifeguard championships July 13 Winterthur’s Artisan Market: Where to find the goods …

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Delaware’s affordable housing crisis affects middle class, too

Charles MegginsonGovernment, Headlines

Getty Images Evidence continues to pile up that Delaware is struggling to provide affordable housing: Data released Thursday by Housing Alliance Delaware says the state faces a shortage of more than 18,000 affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income renters.  Also Thursday, Delaware State Housing Authority announced that eligible Delaware renters can now receive up to 18 months of …